Lambeth Archives Open Day
1913 - Edwardian swansong
Date: Saturday 28 September
Venue: Lambeth Archives, 52
Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY and lectures
at The Michael Church, Burton Road
Time: 10am to 5pm
We will celebrate the close of Lambeth's first heritage festival with Lambeth Archives annual open day. This year the theme will be 1913, focussing loosely on the period a century ago, just before the outbreak of World War I. This was a period of social and political change, some controversial, and for the small number of people who could afford it, of extravagance.
It will include speakers on the suffragettes, local Edwardian architecture, ‘Black Edwardians’ and a discussion on the pre-recruitment lives of local First World War soldiers. It is particularly fitting that the suffragettes are featured as Cllr Mark Bennett, Mayor of Lambeth, recently discovered that Emily Wilding Davison began her journey to the Epsom Derby on 4 June 1913 from 133 Clapham Road, where she was lodging.
The day will include a programme of talks, exhibitions, stalls from local organisations and children’s activities.
Programme of events
10am to 5pm
Lambeth Archives Exhibition
An exhibition of family photos and memorabilia from Bev Hunt detailing her Grandfather’s life from his birth in 1892 in Blackfriars, recording his war service and his life in Lambeth until his sad death on Vauxhall Embankment in 1939 reported at the time as a suspicious death.
10.15am to 10.45am
Jon Newman, Lambeth Archives
No longer Victorian, not yet modern: Lambeth on the eve of the Great War
The Edwardian period was that moment in time before the world turned on the hinge of the First World War to change forever. It was a contradictory time of innovation - with motor cars, aeroplanes and electric light - and of traditional attitudes - to domestic service, women, health and housing. Jon Newman summarises what it meant to be an Edwardian in Lambeth.
10.45 to 11.30am
Katherine Connelly, Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign
Under the King’s horse
Edwardian Britain was characterised by a rising tide of social unrest with militant campaigns such as the fight against poverty wages, the fight for Irish freedom and of course, votes for women. In 1911 hundreds of women workers in South London stopped work and demonstrated in the streets. How did the suffragettes respond to the strike and what did they learn from the women workers?
11.45am to 12.30pm
Dan Todman, Queen Mary College, London
Taking the King’s shilling
Dr Todman will talk about his research project looking at the pre-war lives of local recruits and conscripted soldiers. This examines their social and family circumstances and offers fascinating evidence that helps explain their motivation for taking the King’s shilling.
2.15 to 3pm
Jeffrey P. Green, Historian
Jeffrey Green is an independent scholar who has researched the black presence in Britain for thirty years, written three books, numerous articles, and has made radio and television appearances. His book 'Black Edwardians' rescues people from oblivion and provides details of people in some surprising positions.
3.15pm to 4pm
Edmund Bird, Heritage Advisor to the Greater London Authority
Edwardian buildings of Lambeth - Then and Now
Launch of 'Lambeth’s Edwardian Splendours' 2nd edition
Edmund Bird has a long career in preserving and explaining the historic built environment.
To coincide with the launch of the second, expanded edition of Lambeth’s Edwardian Splendours, first published in 2010, Edmund will be exploring how the borough’s early 20th century heritage has fared over the last 100 years. He will assess how these buildings are either still giving us good service in their original use, have been adapted, converted to new uses or is a few cases why they were destroyed.
Alternatively brochures are available in all Lambeth Libraries.